Hudson golfers roll
past Cuyahoga Falls
The Hudson boys golf team improved to 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the Suburban League National Conference after posting a 150-172 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 1 at Brookledge Golf Club.
Johnny Merrill and Connor Linx each shot a 36 to lead the Explorers and share medalist honors.
Dave Sexton and Nolan Laughlin each shot a 39 for Hudson.
"These guys have been struggling, but they kept the ball in play and put together good scores," Explorers head coach Dave Kurtz said.
Hudson is scheduled to host National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m.
The Explorers are set to play in the St. Charles Invitational Sept. 10 at Brookside Golf & Country Club in Columbus. Play is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Lady Explorers lose
to Hathaway Brown
The Hudson girls tennis team fell to 5-3 on the season after losing to Hathaway Brown 4-1 in a Northeast Ohio Tennis Association match Sept. 1 in Shaker Heights.
It was the Lady Explorers' second consecutive loss.
Molly Sandberg was Hudson's lone winner. She won a 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4) decision at first singles.
The Lady Explorers were scheduled to host Laurel (Shaker Heights) in a NEOTA match Sept. 6. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to entertain Suburban League National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 7 before heading on the road to play Brecksville-Broadview Heights in a National Conference showdown Sept. 8. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
The Lady Explorers are set to host Dublin Jerome Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.
WRA wins shootout
on the gridiron
Western Reserve Academy head football coach Jeff Hildebrand has been coaching for 25 years.
What he saw Sept. 3 in Oregon, Ohio, is something he never saw before and most likely, will never see again.
The Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a thrilling 64-62 victory over Cardinal Stritch.
With less than a minute left, Cardinal Stritch scored to cut its deficit to 64-62. Cardinal Stritch attempted to go for two and Reserve linebacker Jayden Demmy batted down the pass to secure the victory.
"Having coached football since 1991, I've never been prouder of a group of young men for their resiliency and toughness that they displayed," Hildebrand said. "They could have easily lost hope and quit on themselves and each other and let the game get out of hand, but they kept getting up after getting knocked down and continued to fight until the final whistle."
"This is surely a game they will never forget. It is absolutely a game that I will never ever forget."
Demmy also finished with 14 carries for 289 yards and five touchdowns on offense. Dakota Gibbons added 139 yards and a touchdown in five carries and Owen Levine contributed 89 yards and a score in 13 attempts.
Anthony Marshall had 64 yards on nine carries as WRA racked up 588 rushing yards in 41 attempts.
Marshall also had a 28-yard TD reception and a 15-yard interception return for a score.
"Much credit needs to be given to the Cardinal Stritch quarterback as the defense was able to pressure and hit him many times throughout the game, but he was able to use his athleticism and scramble and make huge throws down field which kept them in the game," Hildebrand said. "The run defense was solid for the most part but again, give credit to their athletes and coaches for keeping the game close."
The Pioneers are scheduled to visit Mathews Sept. 9 at Baker Elementary School in Vienna. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
falls in five sets
They're getting closer, but the Pioneers are still seeking their first win in 2016.
The host Western Reserve Academy volleyball team lost a heartbreaking 14-25, 25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 15-12 decision to Akron Our Lady of the Elms Sept. 2.
With the loss, the Pioneers fell to 0-4 on the season.
Serena Gao had six aces for Reserve and teammate Valandria Smith-Lash contributed nine blocks.
Alison Weinzierl added six kills and three digs for WRA.
The Pioneers are scheduled to play James A. Garfield Sept. 7 in Garrettsville. Play is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Reserve is scheduled to entertain Mogadore Sept. 10 at 2 p.m.
Pioneer girls defeat
Linsly in Wheeling
The Western Reserve Academy girls soccer team's three-game losing streak came to an end.
And the Pioneers got a win in dramatic fashion.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Abby King scored on a breakaway to give Reserve a 3-2 victory over Linsly Sept. 3 in Wheeling, W. Va.
King also scored earlier in the game and had an assist. Chloe Beggs contributed two assists for WRA.
The Pioneers were scheduled to play in the River View Showcase Sept. 5 in Warsaw. Results were not available at press time.
Reserve is set to host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Sept. 8 (5 p.m.) and Berlin Hiland Sept. 10 (1:30 p.m.)
WRA boys soccer
The host Western Reserve Academy boys soccer team cruised to a 9-0 victory over Rootstown Sept. 3.
The Pioneers also earned a 0-0 draw against St. Vincent-St. Mary Sept. 1 in Akron.
SVSM had a 10-7 advantage in shots on goal and both teams had four corner kicks.
Goalkeeper Josh Weinberg made four saves for the Pioneers (2-2-1).
Reserve was scheduled to entertain Lake Center Christian (Hartville) Sept. 6. Results were not available at press time.
WRA is set to host Berlin Hiland Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m.